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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School

About Us

"There is a universal and strongly-held belief that the school has improved rapidly under current leadership and is well-placed to improve further"

(Incyte, May 2019)

Welcome to our school...

In addition to our external validation of May 2019, Reading Girls' School is now performing in the top 1% of all Schools nationally. 

As a resident in the local community for over 20 years, I am very proud to be the Principal of this School, the greatest asset of which is its pupils, who come from over 35 Primary Schools across Reading and beyond.

Everyday is 'open day' at RGS and we encourage all prospective parents to visit us without appointment to see our school in action and speak to our pupils.  We do things quite differently to other schools, we strongly believe in what we do and more to the point, have concrete comparable evidence that it is successful.   

We are without doubt a multicultural community with 17 different ethnic groups and over 50 languages spoken.  By our very nature therefore, pupils are exposed to many beliefs, faiths and identities. As school leaders, we believe it is our role to foster experiences within this context.  Unlike other schools, we do not identify three values that we impress upon people because we believe that has limiting factors on personal development.      

Rather, we fundamentally believe in the moral and social justice that education can provide for young people without prejudice.  As leaders and staff we are relentless in our drive to ensure that such an ideology becomes an everyday experience for our girls.

To this end, in 2018 we re-structured our school day to create longer blocks of learning time that allow us to provide coherent learning experiences for all pupils in association with our external partners from the world of business and academia.

Significantly, our principle strategy for doing so is 'deeper applied learning through R.E.A.L lessons'.  We aim to foster these experiences so that pupils can transfer their academic and lifelong knowledge and skills between different contexts.  Our departments work with external links to co-deliver learning that relates to the world beyond the textbook and the school gates. Our industry-led KS3 weekly STEM day is a prominent example of deeper applied coherent learning.   

Similarly, whilst teachers are trained specialists to deliver their subject, that is not necessarily the case for when it comes to personal development issues. 

Our age-appropriate Personal Development days are again delivered by a variety of guest organisations from business, NHS outreach and beyond.  Indeed, quite often personal development learning is best fostered and not taught to.  Our Student Leadership Team, RGS PLEDGE charity work, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, Mental Health Ambassadors and Year 7 Nature-Nurture Leaders student-led programmes, are key features of our approach to developing these lifelong learning skills. 

Finally, the various sections of this website will give you a further insight to what we do. However, schools are not about websites.  They are about people and most importantly, young people in action.  Reading Girls' School is a school that belongs to its pupils who look forward to welcoming you. 

Jon Gargan 

Principal